• To face the Sfaxien Sports Club of Tunisia
Excited by the performance of Nigeria’s representatives in the CAF Confederation Cup, Bayelsa United, who advanced to the next round this weekend with a 4-2 victory over the As Ashanti Golden Boys of Guinea, Governor of the state, Douye Diri, distributed N14 million cash as a gift to the players and their officials. The Governor also introduced new Coaster buses to Bayelsa United and Bayelsa Queens.
The match, which took place at Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, was a one-legged encounter due to the military coup in Guinea. The Prosperity Boys, as Bayelsa United call it, will face Club Sportif Sfaxien de Tunisie in the second round from October 15-17.
Governor Diri, who was at the Samson Siasia stadium to cheer on the team, was excited about the quality football being played by Bayelsa United.
Midfielder Favor Martins gave the Nigerian AITEO Cup champions the lead over a cross by Okardi Inikurogha in the fifth minute.
The man of the moment, Okardi Inikurogha, compounded the visitors’ woes in the 31st minute on a pass from Hassan Oladimeji when Cheik Oumar Ballo knocked Emo James out of the danger zone after long dominating the midfield.
Bayelsa United’s scoring pursuit continued into the 36-minute mark as U-23 guest Emo James increased the score as he shot at home from Zakala Tobin’s left-footed cross to make sure that the Prosperity Boys maintain their 100% home record.
In the second half, AS Ashanti Golden Boys reduced the deficit with a goal from Naby Sylla.
But minutes later, Okardi Inikurogha’s header sealed Bayelsa United’s victory to ensure the visitor’s tourism mission to Yenagoa was over.
The Ashanti Golden Boys, however, scored another goal within 78 minutes, but it was too late as the Guineans were eliminated 4-2 on aggregate.
Bayelsa United’s next opponents, CS Sfaxien de Tunisie, were drawn in the preliminary round.
Meanwhile, Bayelsa United technical adviser Diepreye Teibowei has said he is not afraid of any team on the continent, having sent big teams from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to become champions. of the Aiteo Cup.
AS Ashanti Golden Boys coach Morry Fofana, who spoke through an interpreter, said the lack of information on Bayelsa United was behind the lackluster display of his team, adding that uncertainty in Guinea also played a role in their exit.